A north suburban Illinois woman, Terri Washburn Gattone of north suburban Libertyville, has recently filed suit against Ohio-based vacuum manufacturer The Kirby Company for $200,000, reports the Chicago Sun-Times, alleging her defective vacuum cleaner broke during use and sucked the hair out of her scalp.
The alleged incident is said to have occurred last August.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Illinois on April 23, reportedly sets forth that the vacuum was “defective and unreasonably dangerous” and that Kirby sold the vacuum without adequate testing and without proper warnings of the hazards of personal injuries.
Terrible Sucking Sound
The plaintiff’s Chicago-area lawyer, Thomas A. Reed, to whom the plaintiff referred all questions, has told the media that his client was using the vacuum hose to clean underneath her bed when the attachment broke, “causing a tremendous sucking that took her hair right into the machine.”
He declined to discuss the extent of his client’s injuries, but did indicate that she was rushed to the emergency room after the incident. Representatives from the Kirby Co. were not immediately available for comment.
The law suit has generated considerable discussion. A poll conducted by the local NBC Chicago station shows that 79 percent of Chicago locals think the story is laughable, or very suspicious. Unfortunately people polled may not be able to really judge what happened so the poll is just a poll of opinions, nothing more.
In spite of the skepticism surrounding the suit, there appears to be evidence to suggest her claim may have legs.
Video coverage at Fox News includes pictures of the woman’s scalp allegedly showing the injury to her head.
The pictures were thought to be so disturbing that the affected area of the woman’s scalp were blurred for the television clip.
The video clip was eventually removed and is no longer linked from the Fox website.
If hair is ripped from the head with enough force it could potentially cause enough scarring and long term damage to make it difficult for hair to grow back.
The same can be true when hair is pulled from the head by an attacker or similar.It will be interesting to see where this lawsuit goes and how the different suit pursue the charges. Obviously if it's true and the woman sustained injuries to her hair and scalp there will be more to this story than just rumors and opinions.